Ocean Magic Wildlife Adventure May 13

May 16, 2011

It was a picture perfect afternoon as Capt. Gord of the 12.15pm Ocean Magic vessel, headed our boat full of guests out of the harbour and toward a south east direction toward Hein Bank. It was here that reports of Transient killer whales were to be found. Transient ‘Orca ‘ are true apex hunters, feeding on marine mammals. On our way to find these fascinating animals we passed the ‘Pacific Swift’ a Tall Ship of the S.A.L.T. organization as well as a pair of Tufted Puffins in their spectacular breeding plumage. The lack of wind made for calm water with stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and Mt. Baker in Washington State. We found the Transient Orca traveling slowly south west. We observed two big male Orca with their large dorsal fins, as they came to the surface.They were members of the T 75 family group. The research vessel from the ‘Centre for Whale Research’ on San Juan Island was out this afternoon, indentifying the whales. Following our views of the Orca we headed west to visit Race Rocks Ecological Reserve where we saw many Steller and California Sea Lions. Harbour and Elephant seals were also evident. Five different age Bald Eagles in various plumages were seen on a single rock. The ‘ MIGHTY ‘ cruise ship season has begun with an attractive vessel securely moored as we entered the harbour on our return to Victoria. It was another thrilling Wildlife adventure once again with Prince of Whales.
Marie, Orca-Magic.